Our first edition of 2022 focuses on Healthcare and Life Sciences. It is a sector that will once again have the spotlight on it this year as we continue to tackle COVID-19 and its subsequent variants. While the pandemic continues to challenge the sector, governments across the region forge ahead with their plans to expand and upgrade healthcare systems and develop robust world-class healthcare infrastructure.
For the region, healthcare is a vital pillar in diversifying its economies, both locally and as medical tourism hubs. To underpin this, healthcare authorities across the region continue to implement frameworks and regulations that provide structure and accountability.
In this edition, you have unique access to great insights and expert commentary on a number of pertinent healthcare regulatory developments. You will find a topical mix of articles; for example, our lawyers discuss vaccines and returning to work during the pandemic. They take you through several other areas, including stem cell research in Bahrain, clinical research laws in Egypt, and Saudi medical device and pharmaceutical laws.Take a read of the edition
In this decree, it was announced that the use of class headings as the list of goods in trademark applications will no longer be an acceptable practice. As per the Decree, all new trademark applications should include the specific list of goods and/or services, and from the date of the decree onwards, applications with description of goods as general class heading is not acceptable.
Based on the Decree, the Registrar of Trademark, during the examination phase, will refuse an application with the list of goods as class heading because each of the goods and/or services in the list should be specified clearly to remove any ambiguity regarding the identity of the goods/services.
This new practice will be enforced immediately, and it will also affect all pending trademark applications that are due for examination.
It is thus required to amend all trademark applications that are pending examination with the list of goods as class heading to comply with the directions in the above Decree. However, the trademarks that are accepted and published will not be affected by the Decree.
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